Left: Outgoing GOP chair Doug Haynam
(Toledo, OH) Yesterday I got lucky; I happened to be sitting at Cafe Marie with outgoing Lucas County GOP interim chair Doug Haynam hours after he made the decision to resign. We had a productive conversation and talked about politics, families, and of course, football (Haynam predicts an OSU victory - poor deluded Buckeye).
So I dashed to the nearest PC and cranked out a short article for the Free Press to post on Haynam's decision, which was based upon his desire to devote more time to his family, his work as a partner at Shumaker, Loop, and Kendrick, and his position on Sylvania City Council.
This morning, though, I surfed over to the Web version of the Toledo Blade and read one of the most ridiculous headlines ever churned out by our daily paper:
"Chairman, 2 Others To Leave Republican Party Posts; Fatigue From Noe Scandal Is Blamed."
Now the Blade did get scooped by us on the Haynam story, and the reaction of any media outlet who has been beaten to a story is to find an angle that the other people did not cover. Fair enough.
I find it reprehensible, though, that the Blade - and its obsession with the Noes -created a way to connect Doug Haynam and other outgoing party officials to the various scandals surrounding the party. Haynam, Kriner, and Hornyak accepted difficult positions in the party in a time of chaos, kept the organization running, and left with the party in better shape than when they inherited it.
For those who like to believe in a liberal conspiracy on the part of the Blade: I respectfully disagree. This has much more to do with a desire to snag a second straight Pulitzer, in my opinion. By keeping the focus on Tom and Bernadette Noe, the editors of the Blade puff themselves up with the idea that their exposé is the most deserving of journalism's top award.